After this column on how pathetic I am with following through with the typical Christmas traditions, I’ve received quite a few emails from women saying that they, too, are Christmas challenged.

Here’s a great one from Valerie, who blogs here and here. (She receives my column by email; do you?):

Finally another mom not afraid to admit she not only forgets to pay for teeth to be returned (heeheehee), but is not afraid to admit that she is not one for rising early for a month and a half baking, making cookies, candies and all kinds of goodies. I no longer feel like a “failure” in that area.

I had a revelation reading your Reality Check today, God just did not make me that way. Sure I make a few cookies, but they get eaten right away. I will make a few more this year and try to attempt a gingerbread house (only because I made a ginger bread cookie for a cookie bouquet and had enough left over) with my grandson to take home today, but that is probably it.

I forget to send thank you notes, I forget to make cookies and pies, and we run out of things like coffee and creamer and cereal here, and you know what, that is okay. Honestly I woud rather get a cheese tray, a meat tray, a fruit tray, some crackers, and just sit around with my family and enjoy them, letting them come and go during this busy time. I have 2 boys that are 22 & 20 and then a 12yo boy and a daughter who is 10. The 20 year old is just returning from Iraq, I do not plan to spend this time in the kitchen complaining, when I could just be thankful for what little time I have with him and his fiance.

My oldest is as home, but gets his son every other weekend, all my life all I wanted to be is a grandma, and gimaw is the sweetest word I have ever heard. We sit in the mud and play, we play with hot wheels cars, we eat cookies hot out of the oven, and he loves my biscuits. It just does not get much better than that. I am lucky, my kids are not picky and do not expect big huge meals and like their mother would rather sit around and graze and just enjoy each other. Life is to short not to.

I think that’s great!

And so along that vein, I’d like to tell you what else I WON’T be doing this year:

I’m not sending out Christmas cards. It takes too long and people don’t really read them.

I’m not writing a Christmas letter. I spend my life writing e-newsletters for all my fans and this column, if people want to know what I’m up to, they should subscribe! It’s Free, after all, and my daughters are already mortified at all the personal details I put in them. What else is there to tell?

Besides, you can always keep up with me on Facebook (search for Sheila Wray Gregoire) and Twitter!

I’m not putting up more lights than are necessary outside. It’s just too much to take down. And our neighbours have such lovely lights; I can just enjoy theirs!

I am not buying presents that everybody will OOOH and AAAHHH over. Frankly, my extended family doesn’t OOOHHH and AAHHHH that easily. I am buying things that are important to me. If they don’t like them, that’s okay. But I’m doing all my Christmas shopping in a bookstore, because books tough the heart. I am just not buying Hannah Montana C-R-A-P for my niece. I can’t do it. Even if it’s the only thing on her Christmas list.

What are you not doing this Christmas? Let’s get liberated and admit it, and stop feeling guilty!

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